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ERIC Number: ED557502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 96
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3210-4296-2
A Descriptive, Survey Research Study of the Student Characteristics Influencing the Four Theoretical Sources of Mathematical Self-Efficacy of College Freshmen
Locklear, Tonja Motley
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky
The Sources of Middle School Mathematics Self-Efficacy Scale (Usher & Pajares, 2009) was adapted for use in this study investigating the impact that gender, race, sexual orientation, hometown location (rural, suburban, or urban), high school GPA, college GPA and letter grade of a mathematics course in the previous semester had on the four sources of mathematical self-efficacy of 102 college freshmen attending three small, private, liberal arts institutions. Even though this study found no interaction effects between the student characteristics, the four sources of mathematical self-efficacy, or the three subcategories of the vicarious experience construct, this study did find statistically significant results for several independent variables: gender, hometown environment, and the letter grade received in the mathematics course the preceding semester at the Bonferroni correction rate of 0.025. Additionally, small p-values for race and hometown environments warrant further investigation with a larger sample size. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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